Keeping Loved Ones Safe While Under the Care of Others

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Thursday the Grand Junction Police Department arrested a man for allegedly sexually assaulting two women that are clients of a community living center. Tonight we look into how you can make sure your loved ones are safe while in the care of others.

Donna Vogel with Advantage Home Care sits outside with Joe, who is one of her residents. In all Vogel takes care of eight people. Vogel says, "We go on vacation every year just like a regular family would." And just like a family Vogel keeps a watchful eye over everyone in her home, and with good reason.

On Thursday the Grand Junction Police Department arrested Roger Smith who they say, sexually assaulted two women who are residents of another community living center for people with head injuries.

Vogel says while she wants to keep her residents safe she also wants them to live a full life.
"Its not lock up and its not supposed to be lock up," says, Vogel. At Advantage residents can have guests. Vogel says, "If somebody wanted a visitor and I didn't know anything about them I can't say to them you can't have that person in this house." But that doesn't mean she won't be watching what happens. Vogel says, "So we couldn't look through a closed door but certainly we would know if there were noises coming out of there that shouldn't be."

Jennifer Sorensen with the Mesa County Department of Human Services says when looking for a home for loved ones there are questions you should ask. Sorensen says, "Most facilities they all have a complaint log and a survey book."

Sorensen also says it's a good idea to spend time at each place you're considering. "Tour as many sites as possible so that you have a good idea of what is available for you."

Each home is required by the state to do background checks on all employees. Now some are even checking residents as well.

Vogel says, "Risk not only comes from outside the facility it also comes from inside the facility."
Vogel says keeping her family safe is top priority and doing so lets her enjoy those days on the porch even more.


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